Friday, March 04, 2005

It's Okay To Cut Off People's Hands As Long As You're Friends Of The Family

FOX News and the conservative spin-machine have been going to town on the usual suspects like Iran, Syria, and North Korea that were given poor marks in the State Department's annual report on human rights. The conservative media has been conveniently ignoring the fact that Saudi Arabia was mentioned by the State Department in the same breath as those nations.

I'm sure that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that President and his family are bestest buddies with the House of Saud. Naw.

When I hear conservatives crow about how the UN is worthless because Syria has (had?) a seat on the UN Human Rights Commission alongside the US, I can't help but think, "How is the US, who openly supports one of the worst human rights abusing nations on the planet, being on the Human Rights Commission really any worse?" Denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good, but supporting those who do evil is not a far cry from doing evil at all. In fact, there is no difference at all. Supporting evil is evil.

Only with the blinders of zealotry and ideology can American conservatives convince themselves that supporting Saudi Arabia and condemning Syria is not hypocritical. But self-delusion is rarely convincing to others, and it isn't here either.


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